Fortnightly FOGO collection

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Fortnightly FOGO collection (Food Organics, Garden Organics)

Place your green FOGO bin on the kerb before 6am on your collection day.

Call (03) 5568 0555 if:

  • Your bin is missing or broken
  • You would like to change your service or an extra bin (charges apply).
  • Your bin is not collected by 1pm on collection day 

The fortnightly FOGO waste collection allows residents to dispose of green waste and organics (such as food scraps). These organics are then composted and used as soil conditioners on farms in the south west. 

What can I put in the bin?

  • Food scraps, vegetable peels, dairy products
  • Green compostable bag liners filled with contents
  • Grass clippings, flowers, weeds, leaves
  • Small branches and twigs
  • Dog droppings / Meat / Fish / Prawn shells
  • Coffee grounds, tea bags
  • Egg shells, hair, feathers
  • Tissues, paper towels, soiled paper for wrapping food

What can’t go in the bin? - If in doubt leave it out and put it in the red landfill bin

  • Plastics or glass
  • Plastic bags
  • Recyclables
  • Garbage
  • Nappies
  • Garden post and hoses
  • String, twine or wire
  • Syringes
  • Soil, stones, brick or concrete
  • Hazardous or chemical waste
  • Stumps, large branches, timber or garden stakes
  • Metal    

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Handy hints

  • Place these items loose in the bin and do not compact as the bin may not empty.
  • If you line the bottom of your bin with leaves, lawn clippings are less likely to stick to the bottom.
  • Strictly no plastics or other household garbage in this bin as it will reduce the ability of this material to be used for compost.
  • Do not place garbage, rocks, stumps, plastic shopping bags, plastics, bricks, building material, nappies, car parts, glass or scrap metal in your green bin.

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  1. Line the bottom of your bin with leaves, this will help to ensure other green organics do not stick to the bottom of the bin.
  2. Place items loose in the bin and do not compact as the bin may not empty.
  3. Put your food waste directly into your kitchen caddy, then empty its contents into the FOGO bin.
  4. Ensure you use a certified compostable bag or liner with the seeding logo in your kitchen caddy, or wrap your food waste in newspaper.
  5. Remember - no plastics or other household garbage go in this bin as it will reduce the ability of this material to be used for compost. 

 
Using your kitchen caddy

A kitchen caddy is a container to store your food waste in before you empty it into your green lid FOGO bin outside.

You can use any container that works for you. Ice-cream containers and yoghurt buckets work just as well as the council  provided caddies, or you may prefer to buy a caddy that matches your kitchen décor.

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Place all of your food waste into your kitchen caddy loose or use a liner. You can make a liner from newspaper or use a certified compostable bag or liner. 

Certified compostable bags and liners carry the seedling logo. This logo tells you that the product meets the Australia Standard 4736 for commercially compostable items.

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Plastics including ‘degradable’, ‘biodegradable’ or ‘oxodegradable’ degradable are NOT accepted. These plastics break up into a million tiny pieces called micro-plastics. The do not compost and they contaminate the FOGO.

Avoiding odours in your  kitchen caddy

  1. Use a liner. Kitchen caddy liners will help reduce odour from food waste.
  2. Empty it regularly. Compostable liners breakdown quickly, especially with moisture. Empty your caddy into your FOGO bin every few days even if it is not full.  Clean and dry the caddy before inserting a new liner.
  3. Soak up the drips. Place a piece of newspaper or kitchen towel in the bottom of the caddy.
  4. Keep it cool. Store the kitchen caddy out of direct sunlight in a cool spot. Prevent odour by wrapping smelly food waste like meat and seafood scraps in paper and freezing them until bin night.
  5. Avoid drips and spills. To avoid drips and spills inside, carry your kitchen caddy outside to your FOGO bin before you pull the liner out.
  6. Keep it clean. Wash and dry your kitchen caddy each time you empty it.

Avoiding odours in your FOGO bin

  1. Add dry materials. Placing a layer of dry material in the bottom of the FOGO bin will help prevent food scraps from sticking to the bin. Add layers of dry materials like shredded paper, dry leaves or grass in between layers of food scraps to reduce odour.
  2. Empty and wash regularly. Put your FOGO bin out for each collection even if it is not full. Give it an occasional hose out to clear away anything stuck to the inside and leave it open to dry in the sun.
  3. Store in the shade. If you can, store your FOGO bin in a shady spot.
  4. Keep it closed. Odours are less likely to be noticed if the bin lid is firmly closed. Avoid overfilling the bin to prevent odours escaping and wildlife from getting into the bin. In windy locations, a bin lid latch may be useful. Internet search ‘bin lid latch’ to find a product that suits you.

Where does your FOGO go?

  1. All food organics and garden organics (FOGO) from your home go into your green lid FOGO bin. This includes things you may not compost at home like pet poo, weed seeds and bones.
  2. Your FOGO is collected in a truck and taken to a commercial composting facility.
  3. At the composting facility contaminates, like plastic and glass, have to be picked out by hand, so it’s important to keep them out of your FOGO bin.
  4. Your FOGO is shredded and mixed with other organic material.
  5. The mixed material is aerated, watered and turned regularly.
  6. During the commercial composting process, the material heats ups and is pasteurised. Pasteurisation kills plants, seeds and germs making the finished compost safe to use. The composting process takes between 6 weeks and 6 months depending on the technology used.
  7. Compost from our region is used to grow food, improve soils and rehabilitate land, putting your FOGO to good use.  

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Did you know?

Organics sent to landfill do not compost. In landfill it is compacted and breaks down without air releasing harmful greenhouse gasses. That is why it is so important to put all your FOGO waste into your FOGO bin.